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17 May One-Eyed Jack to make its debut at Heritage Days 2018

Hot Air Balloons will be present on Saturday, June 23, 6 to 10 p.m., at Huntington North High School. DJ Dick Smart of Smart Productions will provide musical selections and announce the events. New and making its debut this year, will be a balloon shaped like a One-Eyed Jack. The Huntington County Disaster Team will offer a car show beginning at 3 p.m. also on Saturday at HNHS. Archery Tag and an obstacle course by The Mission International will be a part of the Hot Air Balloon Festival this year. Both events will run from 5 to 8 p.m., on the west side of Huntington North High School, participants can play Archery Tag on teams of five for $50 per team or $10 per person. For more information call (260) 358-9100 or go to http://signup.com/go/HaTYuOZ. The Parkview Huntington Hospital Samaritan Helicopter and other emergency vehicles will also be at the festival. The Balloon Glow will take place Saturday evening at dusk. Spectators are encouraged to bring their children and cameras for a spectacular show of six giant glowing aerostats. Food will be available for purchase from New Hope Church: hot dogs, walking tacos, pretzels, chips, drinks; Rainbow Lanes Junior bowlers: popcorn; St. Peter’s First Community Church: hamburgers, brat burgers and drinks; Huntington County EMA Schwann’s ice cream, fudge bars. Joy Pleaser Clowns will make balloon designs.  ...

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17 May Archery Tag, obstacle course at car, balloon fest, June 23

Archery Tag, an obstacle course and Hover Ball by Christian Life Tabernacle and The Mission International will be a part of the Heritage Days Disaster Team vehicle show and Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, June 23. From 5 to 8 p.m., on the west side of Huntington North High School, participants can play Archery Tag on teams of five for $50 per team or $10 per person. The obstacle course is free for all who use it and will be set up in the same area. These events are designed to be fun for the whole family or can be set up as a team events. For more information about Archery Tag, call (260) 358-9100 or go to http://signup.com/go/HaTYuOZ. Heritage Days 2018 is sponsored by Huntington VFW Post 2689....

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14 May Bootcamp Challenge Lake Clare Fitness, June 24

The Bootcamp Challenge, a new event for Heritage Days 2018, will be held Sunday, June 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. Hosted by Huntington Catholics in Action Youth Group, the Bootcamp Challenge will be held at the Lake Clare Fitness Park located at the corner of Broadway and Old U.S. Highway 24. Registration information is available on www.runrace.net. Search for the Bootcamp Challenge. The fee to enter is $20 per two person team, and registration must be completed before June 17. The fee then becomes $25 up to the day of the event. The two person teams must have one member 18 years of age or younger. Each team member is guaranteed a drawstring backpack if the team has signed up by Saturday, June 16 (after June 16, while supplies last). This is a family friendly event where teams of two will traverse the Fitness Park obstacles. Challenges will be judged for success and the course will be timed. Team members will complete the course together for combined points. Teams having members 10 years of age and younger will use the inner fitness course, while those 11 to 18 years of age will use the outer course.  ...

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27 Apr “Bear Hunt” to take place at Izaak Walton June 24

A Heritage Days “Bear Hunt” will be held on the Izaak Walton League grounds, Hauenstein Road, Sunday, June 24. The event will take place from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for families with their children. VFW Post 2689 is the sponsor of Heritage Days 2018. Sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, the “Bear Hunt” will include stuffed bears hidden throughout the club’s grounds. Families can purchase a “hunting license” for each child “hunting bear” for $5. A conservation officer will present the hunting license, and when a child finds a bear, they can get their picture taken with the conservation officer. Lunch is also part of the price which includes a hot dog, chips and drink. Each child can take the bear home that they find on the “Bear Hunt.”...

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27 Apr LaFontaine Arts Council announces JeFFFest

The LaFontaine Arts Council and Four Corners Custom Framing will once again sponsor JeFFFest, meaning it’s time to get ready to fill the frames, feast on the food and feel the beat for the event’s eleventh year. The family-friendly event will take place on Sunday, June 24 in downtown Huntington from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature the three F’s of “fun food, fabulous music and fine art.” The art portion of JeFFFest offers artists of all ages the opportunity to fill a frame by creating a work on a five-inch by seven-inch canvas. These official JeFFFest canvases are now available for purchase at Four Corners Custom Framing, 419 N. Jefferson Street, during regular business hours from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Completed canvases are to be returned to Four Corners Custom Framing by June 15, at which time they become property of the LaFontaine Arts Council. They will be professionally framed and displayed for the silent art auction at the frame shop beginning Thursday, June 21 and ending the evening of JeFFFest. Artists may purchase more than one canvas and any media can be used on the canvas. Submissions must be dry and ready for framing when they are turned in. All proceeds from JeFFFest go toward the LaFontaine Arts Council’s Arts in Education programming. For more information about JeFFFest, contact LaFontaine Arts Council executive director Debbie Dyer at (260) 358-0055 or frame shop owner Paula Bittner at (260) 356-0650. Information is also available on both the LaFontaine Arts Council and JeFFFest Facebook pages....

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23 Apr Vehicle, music to be a part of Heritage Days

Heritage Days will include two vehicle shows as a part of the celebration for 2018. A downtown Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, sponsored by MetroNet, will be held Friday evening, June 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Huntington County Disaster Team Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, June 23 at Huntington North High School from 3 to 8 p.m. VFW Post 2689 is the official sponsor of Heritage Days 2018. Friday evening in downtown Huntington promises to celebrate Huntington’s heritage with a festival atmosphere. As part of the Heritage Days theme for 2018, “The ’50s: Community Strong,” the evening also includes ’50s music by The Moon Cats Band. This event will take place at Jefferson and Franklin Streets, and is sponsored by Lake City Bank. The carnival will also be in operation. The Friday evening vehicle show is being organized by Chris and Erin Covey of the Heritage Days steering committee of the Chamber of Commerce. The show is open to all makes and models with registration taking place at the intersection of Cherry and Washington Streets from 3 to 6:30 p.m. The vehicle entry fee is $10. Dash plaques and goody bags will be given to the first 75 vehicles registered. Awards will take place at 8:30 p.m. to the top 25; best of show; best car, truck, motorcycle; best paint; best engine and best interior. The event is a fundraiser for the Downtown Business Association. For information, contact Chris or Erin Covey at (260) 358-2293. The entry form is available here or in the Chamber office, and can be mailed to Chris Covey, 10917 Wingara Way, Roanoke, IN 46783. The Huntington County Disaster Team Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show is being organized by Max Kaylor of the Heritage Days steering committee, and will take place at Huntington...

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06 Apr Heritage Days sponsor 2018, VFW Post 2689

Heritage Days 2018 will be celebrated in Huntington Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. The theme is The 50s: Community Strong. Huntington VFW Post 2689, 220 W. Park Drive, is the official sponsor as named by the Heritage Days Steering Committee. VFW Post 2689 is very community-minded according to Post Commander Michael Harrell. They are very active in the community and would like to be even more involved according to Rodney Funk, past State Commander and now post advocate. Those involved with the VFW appreciate all of the community support they received for the Veterans Day activities in November including the very-well attended parade, and ceremony following at the Veterans Park at Memorial Park. Post 2689 is sponsoring Heritage Days 2018 as a way of giving back and saying “thank you” to the community. The Huntington Post was granted a National Veterans of Foreign Wars Charter September 18, 1932. The organizational group consisted of Earl F. Moore, Emery P. Smith, L. Wade Strauss and Lawrence Allen. It was officially named the Edward Hoover Post 2689 with 62 charter members. Post 2689 offers many services to veterans and the community. They are involved with Veterans Day and the parade each year, donate winter coats to veterans at the Marion VA Hospital, march in the Heritage Days Parade, provide events for the community such as the Sweetheart Dance and Halloween Party and are responsible for Memorial Day services and Buddy Poppies. The Post also presents the colors at various events, provides gun salutes and flag presentations for the families of deceased veterans, gives Patriots Pen Awards to students and more. Heritage Days is sponsored each year by a business or entity from the Huntington community. The group selected is featured on each piece of information associated with Heritage Days. The sponsoring group reaches over 50,000...

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06 Apr Girls invited to join Little, Junior Miss Heritage Days

Huntington County girls are invited to become contestants for the Little Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days Pageant to be held Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at Crestview Middle School. The pageant is open to girls age five to 12, and is part of Huntington’s Heritage Days celebration. Two divisions will be judged including Little Miss Heritage Days for girls, age five to eight, and Junior Miss Heritage Days, age nine to 12. The objective is for girls to learn about stage presence and gain self-confidence. Girls will be taught to model a dress of their choice and answer interview questions on stage. Contestants will be judged on Modeling, Interview and Photogenic qualities. A mandatory orientation will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Lincoln Elementary School. There is a $40 entry fee which should be brought to orientation. Girls may obtain sponsorships from businesses, family members or a combination of both. The cost covers a participation trophy and souvenir t-shirt. Checks are to be made payable to Little Miss Heritage Days Pageant. Newspaper photos will be taken. Contestants will sign up for pageant pictures to be taken at Frederick’s Photography May 1 or May 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. (purchase is optional). For more information email: dawnepearson75@gmail.com....

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11 Jan Township High Schools invited to Heritage Days parade meeting

The Heritage Days steering committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce is planning a special addition to the 2018 Heritage Days Parade. As the theme for Heritage Days is the ’50s: Community Strong, the committee is inviting the 15 township high schools of that era to each produce floats representing their individual schools. A meeting will take place in the South Room of the Huntington Township Public Library on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. for those interested in being a part of the parade. Before the consolidation of these 15 schools into one county high school, a large rivalry existed between them during sectional tournament sports time. As individual entries to the parade, their floats will also be judged and a winning entry will be selected. This addition to the parade is being headed up by Stan Bippus and Jim Denman. The committee hopes that each school will be represented in the parade with a float decorated with things that represent their particular school. The schools include: Andrews High School, the Cardinals, colors red and white; Banquo High School, Indians, blue and white; Bippus High School, Tigers, blue and gold; Clear Creek High School, Bulldogs, red and white; Huntington Township High School, Bearcats, purple and gold; Huntington Catholic High School, Rams, black and gold and Huntington High School, Vikings, red and black. Additional schools included: Jefferson High School, Spartans, green and white; Lancaster High School, Lancers, red and white; Markle High School, Eagles, blue and gold; Monument City High School, Greyhounds; purple and grey; Rock Creek High School, Aces, black and red; Roanoke High School, Stonewalls, green and white; Union High School, Sharpshooters, blue and white and Warren High School, Lightening Five, blue and white. Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24 with the parade on Saturday,...

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11 Jan Sock Hop planned for Heritage Days 2018, June 22

A Sock Hop is planned as a part of the 2018 Heritage Days festivities. The Sock Hop is part of celebrating The ’50s: Community Strong, the Heritage Days theme, and will take place on Friday evening, June 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. Participants are encourage to dress in ’50s garb, and dance to the music of the Moon Cats at a location in the vicinity of Jefferson and Franklin Streets. The Moon Cats play 50s and 60s classic type music, and the sponsor of the event is Lake City Bank. The Heritage Days car show will be also be taking place in downtown Huntington during this time as part of the celebration. Heritage Days will take place Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. Official colors for Heritage Days are Black, White and Silver. For information contact the Chamber at (260) 356-5300 or email skimmel@huntington-chamber.com. Visit www.HuntingtonHeritageDays.com.  ...

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